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Seeing the Civil War through Different Perspectives Using Photographs

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Visual Arts +1 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
A carte de visite is a photograph the size of a visiting card, and such photograph cards were traded among friends and visitors and saved in albums. This teaching collection includes carte de visites of people who lived during the Civil War. The purpose of the collection is to consider their different points of view and experiences. Each student receives a different carte de visite and researches that person. During classroom discussions of Civil War events, students comment from the perspective of the person they researched.

United States Civil War Portrait Album

National Museum of American History

Robert E. Lee

National Portrait Gallery

Ulysses Simpson Grant

National Portrait Gallery

Jefferson Davis

National Portrait Gallery

William T. Sherman

National Portrait Gallery

George Armstrong Custer

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham

National Portrait Gallery

Alexander Gardner Self-Portrait

National Portrait Gallery

Alfred Waud

National Portrait Gallery

Octavius Catto

National Portrait Gallery

Rose O'Neal Greenhow

National Portrait Gallery

Kit Carson

National Portrait Gallery

Timothy O'Sullivan

National Portrait Gallery

Frederick Douglass

National Portrait Gallery

Varina Howell Davis

National Portrait Gallery

Harriet Beecher Stowe

National Portrait Gallery

Pauline Cushman

National Portrait Gallery

Sojourner Truth

National Portrait Gallery

Pierre G. T. Beauregard

National Portrait Gallery

John Charles Fremont

National Portrait Gallery

Robert Gould Shaw

National Portrait Gallery

Montgomery Cunningham Meigs

National Portrait Gallery

Surgeon-in-Chief David W. Maull

National Museum of American History

Ralph Waldo Emerson

National Portrait Gallery

Belle Boyd

National Portrait Gallery

Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth

National Portrait Gallery

Lucretia Coffin Mott

National Portrait Gallery

Stonewall Jackson

National Portrait Gallery

Robert Todd Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Jessie Benton Frémont

National Portrait Gallery

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

National Portrait Gallery

Cornelius Vanderbilt

National Portrait Gallery

George Armstrong Custer

National Portrait Gallery

William Henry Seward

National Portrait Gallery

Charles Sumner

National Portrait Gallery

Horace Greeley

National Portrait Gallery

John Ericsson

National Portrait Gallery

Winslow Homer

National Portrait Gallery